Fundamentals of GIS

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 21 hour course, no prerequisites

Enhance the per­for­mance of your mea­sur­ing, map­ping, mod­el­ing, and mon­i­tor­ing by tap­ping the pow­er of Geo­graph­ic Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems (GIS). Learn the con­cepts that dri­ve GIS, the basics of car­tog­ra­phy, and the dif­fer­ences between var­i­ous GIS packages.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    • Understand the basics of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
    • Open and query geographic files.
    • Determine what types of files can be loaded in a GIS.
    • Understand how GPS can be used within a GIS environment.
    • Locate geographic files for specific purposes.
    • Understand discrepancies between NAD 27 and NAD 83.
    • Operate a mapping program.
Take note:

  • Missing more than 25% of class hours may result in a failing grade.
  • Pre-course instructions and materials are available on eClass one week prior to the course start date, and additional pre-course work may be required to prepare for first class; advanced registration is recommended for student success.
  • Students are required to install QGIS before the first class. Instructions for downloading the software and required data are found in these videos: Download QGIS and Start QGIS.
  • Laptops are required throughout the course and must be ready with QGIS and related documents, files, and resources listed on eClass.
  • Assessment includes a final exam completed in-class at the end of the final day.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Weekday daytime (Tue, Wed, Thu)
Mar 9, 2021Mar 11, 2021


8:30 am – 4:30 pm


8:30 am – 4:30 pm


8:30 am – 4:30 pm




Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

21 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Erik Ellehoj

Your Instructor

Erik Ellehoj

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 21 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until March 9, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

This is a skills-enhancing course in
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  • Offered now
  • Online delivery
  • 21 hour course, no prerequisites

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